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Ballard to supply zero emission fuel cell modules for buses in Europe

FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell modules will be used as range extenders in Poland-based Solaris' electric buses.


VANCOUVER – Ballard Power Systems will supply Solaris Bus & Coach with two zero emission fuel cell power modules for buses planned for deployment in Hamburgh, Germany.

Delivery of Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 power modules is expected for later this year.

Solaris Bus & Coach, based in Poland, manufactures intracity, intercity and special-purpose buses as well as low-floor trams. Since starting production in 1996, over 10,000 Solaris vehicles have been deployed in 28 countries, including Poland, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

Ballard’s fuel cell power modules will be utilized as range extenders, in combination with batteries, in Solaris electric bus platforms. The company says its FCvelocity-HD7 modules improve durability, reliability and reduce costs in comparison to the previous generation product.

In 2013, Ballard says its fuel cell modules delivered greater than 97% availability in buses currently operating in London and Amsterdam.

Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems develops clean energy fuel cell products that optimize power systems for a number of applications.